“Scriptures through the Jeweler’s Lens”

“Scriptures through the Jeweler’s Lens” February 28, 2020


JS Papyrus IV
Joseph Smith Papyrus Fragment IV   (Wikimedia Commons public domain image)


It being Friday, a new article has appeared in Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scripture.  This one is by Mark J. Johnson:


“Scriptures through the Jeweler’s Lens”

Review of Terryl Givens with Brian Hauglid, The Pearl of Greatest Price: Mormonism’s Most Controversial Scripture (New York: Oxford University Press, 2019). 285 pages. $34.95 (hardback).

Abstract: Among the many revelatory works of Joseph Smith, members and scholars alike seem to give lesser attention to what is found in the Pearl of Great Price. In The Pearl of Greatest Price, Terryl Givens and Brian Hauglid attempt to provide some of the attention that has been lacking. The result is a book that, while spotty in places, provides a good resource that should receive wide exposure in academic circles. Believing members, on the other hand, may find the book lacking or downright questionable because of the secular approach it takes to dealing with scripture understood to have a divine provenance.




If you would like to do some excellent scholarly reading on the First Vision of Joseph Smith, here’s a truly superb place to start:


Article of the Week: Opening the Heavens


And here’s another good item on the very early history of the Restoration:


““I Cannot Read a Sealed Book”: Resources on Martin Harris, Charles Anthon, and the Sealed Book”




“Prophet Invites the World to Consider, ‘How Do You Hear Him?’”

President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints shared the following message today on his Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages.




“Brasília Brazil Temple Rendering Released”

An exterior rendering has been released showing the planned design of the Brasília Brazil Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.


“Washington D.C. Temple Open House and Rededication Dates Announced”

Temple to be re-opened after more than two years of renovation




“Ultimate Egypt Lecture Series”

Cruise Lady: Latter-day Adventures is pleased to announce a new Learn Our Religion lecture series in anticipation of The Interpreter Foundation Ultimate Egypt Tour.




Alas, it’s probably time to peek in again on the latest activities of the vocal “Heartlander” advocate Mr. Jonathan Neville, who genuinely does seem to me dangerously far down the road toward schism or apostasy.  Fortunately, the Neville-Neville Land blog is there to help us:


Jonathan Neville and the uses of propaganda”


“FIRM Foundation accuses the Church of deceiving the elect”


“Jonathan Neville, the Church, and the dark side of the Force”



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